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April 2018

FREE

Family Day!

April 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

FREE family fun day with exhibitions, art activities, and refreshments!

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Free

ICA Grand Opening Block Party

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The ICA Grand Opening Block Party is on the way! Mark your calendars for the grand opening of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU on April 21, 2018. Come celebrate the opening of this landmark institution and discover contemporary art from around the world at an exciting, family-friendly festival in the heart of downtown Richmond. Our free Block Party will feature: Outdoor stage with bands Artmaking activities Food trucks The public opening of our inaugural exhibition, Declaration Special programming…

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$8 – $13

Extended Hours for Historic Garden Week

April 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Regular Garden admission To celebrate Historic Garden Week, the Garden has extended hours on this night only with historic Bloemendaal House open to the public; live music, dining, shopping and more.

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Free

FOLAR RiverFest

April 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the Appomattox River at Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park, 24909 Ferndale Road, Petersburg 23803. Event activities include fishing lessons, canoeing or kayaking for first timers, and an obstacle course thanks to FORT LEE! A riding tour along the historic canal will also be available. Local crafters, musicians, and food vendors will also be present. Link: http://folar-va.org/events-clean-up/2018-riverfest-outdoor-family-fun-april-28/

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May 2018

Free

May Faire

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Spring with us at our annual May Faire celebration! May Faire is a fun-filled day for families and children of all ages. Saturday, May 5, 10 – 3 May Faire is a chance for Richmond families to celebrate the coming of spring. The event features Maypole dancing, children’s activities, pony rides, food, and entertainment. Many artisans and vendors will be on hand, selling home-made, local goods. The event is free and open to the public.

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Free

Lebanese Food Festival

May 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

2018 Lebanese Food Festival www.StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org Date: May 18-20, 2018 Festival@StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org Time: Friday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM RAIN OR SHINE ~FREE PARKING AND FREE ADMISSION The Lebanese Food Festival voted The Area’s Favorite Festival looks forward to this year’s annual event! Just wait until you taste the incredible flavors of our Lebanese cuisine. Something for everyone! Free Shuttle and offsite parking available at Markel Inc., 4521Highwoods Parkway. No Pets allowed.

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Free

Explore the Outdoors 2018

May 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Make tracks to Huguenot Park and the studios of the Community Idea Stations on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a FREE day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences. Over fifty local community groups with expertise…

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June 2018

$8 – $13

Flowers After 5

June 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 13, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Enjoy Flowers After 5 every Thursday evening (June 1- Sept. 13) June, July and August with an extended season this year including the first two Thursdays of September. Garden has extended hours until 9 p.m. on these nights. No outside food and drink are allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase. 5 – 6 p.m. Family activities in the Children’s Garden 5 – 8 p.m. Water Play in the Children’s Garden (weather permitting) 5 – 8…

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Free

Community Family Fun Festival

June 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We will host our Community Family Fun Festival on June 30th at Parham One Shopping Center (corners of Brook and Parham Roads) 827 E. Parham Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227. This year’s sponsors include Aetna Better Health, United HealthCare and Ezett Youth and family Services. The event’s activities are scheduled from 12 noon to 6pm. There will be fun activities and food and drinks, as well as community resource information.

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August 2018

$8 – $13

TŌRŌ NAGASHI FLOATING LANTERN FESTIVAL

August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TORO NAGASHI: FLOATING LANTERN EVENING Wednesday, August 1, 5-10 p.m. on Lake Sydnor. See hundreds of lanterns float on our lake. More details coming soon!

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Free

Old Traditions/New Virginians Folklife Celebration

August 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Explore the sights and sounds of the “New Old” traditions of migrants who have come to Virginia within the last 30 years. This Folklife Celebration features traditions as varied as Vietnamese đàn bầu music (a one-stringed instrument), the exquisitely colorful Guatemalan alfombra (sawdust carpet) and dance, Hindustani raga singing, a Bolivian tinku dance group, and a Mexican mariachi band, as well as craft displays and demonstrations. Food trucks will have treats for sale and beverages will be available for purchase.…

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October 2018

$5 – $25

4th Annual Fall Festival at Camp Hilbert

October 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

What better way to enjoy the colors of the fall season than at our 4th Annual Fall Festival at Camp Hilbert? There will be fun, fall activities for all ages to enjoy such as boating on Lake Rosalie, roasting marshmallows around the campfire, and taking a musical hayride. Kids will have a ball jumping in the moon bounces, playing field games and having their faces painted. Our 21 and older festival-goers can enjoy playing corn hole and relaxing with a…

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Admission is free

RVA Booklovers Festival

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a fun-filled, literary weekend featuring the best of Virginia’s bookish crowd. Featuring Virginia authors, literary and Virginia crafters, local cuisine, and more! Net proceeds benefit EXCEL and The READ Center.

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Spooky Saturday

October 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spooky Saturday at Mary Munford Elementary School 211 Westmoreland St, RVA 23226 Saturday, October 20 12-4PM Come out to support the Mary Munford PTA and enjoy food, games, inflatables, and more! Rain or shine

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$8 – $13

Goblins and Gourds

October 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fun for the whole family! Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. Regular Garden admission Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin painting, storytelling and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. We have over 500 pumpkins — kids can choose one, paint it, and take it home (while supplies last). Join us for demos in gourd carving, pumpkin carving, vermiculture and more.

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November 2018

$5 – $13

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination

November 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as we illuminate Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Garden alight with sparkling radiance and featuring this year’s theme. Then enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, warming fire with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); family activities, and much more. Pre-Purchased Tickets can check in…

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December 2018

35th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 35th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. Richmond, Va., starting at the Science Museum and continuing along Broad Street to 7th Street. The parade features award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats, and Legendary Santa himself! This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia, with thousands more enjoying the television broadcast on CBS6. If you can’t experience the parade in person,…

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$10.00

kidsRVA ChristmasFest

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for our kidsRVA ChristmasFest presented by Village Concepts Realty Group. Doors open at 11 AM at the Highpoint in Scott’s Addition (across from the CBS 6 building). Tickets are $10/adult when you buy in advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under will receive free admission with the donation of a new children’s book. All proceeds and donated books will benefit Love of Learning, with the goal of providing new books to low income children in the…

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$8 – $13

GardenFest for Fidos

December 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed dogs are allowed on these select Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lightsnights: Thursday, December 6, 2018 and Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Please go to our website to read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs. Regular Garden admission; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed and current on a rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins…

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February 2019

Free

Shiver in the River

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Shiver in the River is the Coolest Winter Festival in Virginia! The event will kick off with the Community Clean-up at 10 a.m. followed by the Shiver 5K Walk/Run at 12 p.m. and the James River Jump at 1:30 p.m. You and your family can participate in as much or as little as you want, and you can form teams challenging your family, friends and co-workers! The Winter Festival will be going on throughout the day with food trucks, beverages,…

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April 2019

Celebrate WRIR 97.3 FM

April 3 - April 10

From April 3 – 10, WRIR will celebrate the volunteers, listeners, musicians and change-makers who believe in the mission of WRIR: To air underrepresented news, views and music to build cultural diversity in Richmond, VA. •• It’s our 2019 Spring Fund Drive. We shortened the drive, but not our goal to raise $40,000. The gift you make during our drive will give our volunteers the resources they need to produce hundreds of music and news/talk programs you hear on WRIR…

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Free

Party for the Planet

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taking place just by the river at Historic Tredegar, Party for the Planet is a FREE, non-profit hosted, family-friendly festival dedicated to environmentally-friendly living and sustainability. Honoring Earth Day, environmental groups and businesses will come together with local music, food and drinks to ignite interest in the health and well-being of our bodies, our city, and our earth. Highlights include: Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace; live music and entertainment including bands YARN and FREE UNION; craft beer, wine,…

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$15 – $100

Parking Lot Party

April 27 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet us at Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts for RPAA’s 2019 Parking Lot Party – an afternoon and evening of bands, brews and bites! Hosted by Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s (RPAA’s) Associates Board, proceeds from this event benefit the artistic and educational programs of RPAA. Special performance by headliner Sleepwalkers with special guest stars The Congress and The Whiskey Rebellion! #rpaaplp About the Parking Lot Party: Family-friendly Sleepwalkers (headliner), The Congress (special guest star), The Whiskey Rebellion (special…

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May 2019

May Faire

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Early May brings the RWS Annual May Faire Celebration. Open to the public, this event brings members of the larger Richmond community to RWS to celebrate. Children decorate wreaths with fresh spring flowers, dance around the Maypole, and sing songs of spring. Children’s activities, stories, and delicious treats are available for the whole family. May Day was in ancient tradition the celebration of the beginning of summer in Celtic lands, and by Roman tradition sacred to Flora, the goddess of…

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June 2019

Free

Israeli Festival Featuring The Israeli Friendship Caravan

June 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come and enjoy, “Everything Israel” at the Weinstein JCC! Experience Israeli food, culture, history, and entertainment, without getting on an airplane. This exciting event offers something for everyone. Try some Israeli cuisine, take a ride on a camel, learn Krav Maga, enjoy a special performance by the Israeli Friendship Caravan and more! The Caravan is made up of 10 high school-aged students who travel throughout the United States performing Israeli songs and dances. Activities are free. Food and camel rides…

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August 2019

$5

WRIR 97.3 FM and The Commonwealth of Notions Presents: Volume Nine – NIGHT #1

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

WRIR and The Commonwealth of Notions Presents: Volume Nine is a celebration of all things Richmond music. Ten bands over two weekends at two venues for ten bucks! Not only are you supporting the local scene, you are supporting Richmond Independent Radio – WRIR 97.3 FM. The first night is on August 3 at Gallery 5. The second night is on August 10 at The Camel. NIGHT 1: VV, Washers, Warrington, HotSpit, Lounge Lizzard NIGHT 2: Opin, Young Scum, Gnawing,…

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$5

WRIR 97.3 FM and The Commonwealth of Notions Presents: Volume Nine – NIGHT #2

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

WRIR and The Commonwealth of Notions Presents: Volume Nine is a celebration of all things Richmond music. Ten bands over two weekends at two venues for ten bucks! Not only are you supporting the local scene, you are supporting Richmond Independent Radio – WRIR 97.3 FM. The first night is on August 3 at Gallery 5. The second night is on August 10 at The Camel. NIGHT 1: VV, Washers, Warrington, HotSpit, Lounge Lizzard NIGHT 2: Opin, Young Scum, Gnawing,…

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October 2019

Breakthrough Brew & Wine Fest

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm attendees can enjoy live music combining a mix of country, folk and top 40 selections. Breweries and various wineries will provide tasting samples. Food and craft vendors will also be present to satisfy any hunger while providing opportunities to purchase locally made products to take home. Tasting tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the gate. Each ticket includes five beer tastings and five wine tastings, along with a collectible beer cup and…

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$10

RVA Street Eats Festival

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A celebration of food trucks, music and family fun! Enjoy a day of great food, music from The Usual Suspects & The Royal We. Games for Kids. Proceeds benefit Acca Shrine Center. Donations are not tax deductible.

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9th Annual Mutt Strut

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Mutt Strut is dog friendly, family friendly and a real wagging good time! Please stop by the registration table beginning at 1pm and pick up your t-shirt and bag of goodies. There will be kid games, dog challenges and plenty of food and beverages! Make sure and say hello to ALL of the pet loving vendors–everyone has something wonderful to share!

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